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Newsletter of the Southern Tasmanian Caverneers Inc, PO Box 416, Sandy Bay, Tasmania 7006, AUSTRALIA ISSN 1832-6307
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STC Office BearersPresident: Geoff Wise Ph: 0408 108 984 (m) firstname.lastname@example.org Vice President: Stephen Bunton Ph: (03) 6278 2398 (h) email@example.com Secretary: Janine McKinnon Ph: (03) 6243 5415 (h) firstname.lastname@example.org Treasurer: Ric Tunney Ph: 0427 889 965 (m) email@example.com Equipment Officer: Gavin Brett Ph: (03) 6223 1717 (h) firstname.lastname@example.org Librarian: Greg Middleton Ph: (03) 6223 1400 (h) email@example.com Editor: Alan Jackson Ph: 0419 245 418 (m) firstname.lastname@example.org Search & Rescue Officer: Jane Pulford Ph: 0437 662 599 (m) email@example.com Webmaster: Alan Jackson Ph: 0419 245 418 (m) firstname.lastname@example.org Web Site: http://www.lmrs.com.au/stc Front Cover: Fifty Dollar Falls, Standard Hill. Photo by Damian Bidgood. Back Cover: Waterfall, Standard Hill Canyon. Photo by Damian Bidgood. STC was formed in December 1996 by the amalgamation of three former southern Tasmanian clubs: the Tasmanian Caverneering Club, the Southern Caving Society and the Tasmanian Cave and Karst Research Group. STC is the modern variant of the oldest caving club in Australia.
Speleo SpielNewsletter of the Southern Tasmanian Caverneers Incorporated PO Box 416, Sandy Bay, Tasmania 7006http://www.lmrs.com.au/stc ABN: 73-381-060-862 ISSN 1832-6307The views expressed in the Speleo Spiel are not necessarily the views of the Editor, or of the Southern Tasmanian Caverneers Incorporated.
Issue No. 388, Jan. - Feb. 2012CONTENTSRegular Bits Editorial Stuff n Stuff Trip Reports Kubla Khan, 3 Dec. 11 Revelation Cave, 27 Dec. 11 East Side of Cave Hill, 29 Dec. 11 Revelation Cave, 21 Jan. 12 Standard Hill Canyon, 28 Jan. 12 Slaughterhouse-Growling, 13 Feb. 12 Other Exciting Stuff JF-Z Cave Situation Journey to the Centre Video Review Surveys Various Surveys STC Membership 13 15 Alan Jackson Stephen Bunton 12 13 Ric Tunney Janine McKinnon Stephen Bunton Janine McKinnon Alan Jackson Alan Jackson 4 4 5 6 6 11 3 3
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Speleo Spiel Issue 388, JanuaryFebruary 2012 page 3 EditorialMy mum always told me that if I had nothing nice to say then say nothing at all. Dont know why I say as much as I do. Alan Jackson Jacket Camp stove x 1 Methylated spirits Emergency ponchos First aid kit Tea light candles Cutlery
Stuff n StuffMORE BLOODY BABIES Benajmin Charles Jackson arrived kicking and screaming on January 7th. The jury is still out as to how much hell affect my caving in 2012. DISSIDENCE MINI-EXPEDITION Only vague levels of interest and low levels of commitment have been indicated for this event. Looks like Ill be doing most of it on my own whats new? STC GUNNEDAH BRANCH Chris Chad filed the following report detailing some recent activity by the STC-GB on an Australia Day family excursion to Dripping Rock, out past Boggabri NSW: Well actually I found a cave, explored it, noted it smelt like goats, and marvelled how sandstone had formed something that looked awfully like a stal. The really exciting part is the opportunity to bodge together a 30 m pitch (admittedly down the cliff to the easily accessible horizontal entrance). If I manage to convince Lou to wear sensible shoes next time, there may even be a photo. We look forward to more exciting details of what the mainland has to offer. SPELEOLOGICAL NEW YEAR Ive decided that 2012 is the year of JF-Z cave eradication. There are 92 in total and weve already accounted for 26 of them. Thats a mere 66 to go. I have 13 more lined up for potential eradication during the Easter expedition. Please join me in arms against this scourge of the JF. CAVE GEAR CACHES A few caves have caches of emergency gear in them. Jane has provided an inventory of where they are and what they contain. I assume the bubble wrap is for relieving the boredom of waiting out a flood by popping the bubbles. Slaughterhouse Pot Gear Cache: Foam mats x 2 Bubble wrap x 2 Bivvy/body bags x 2 Socks (wool) x 2 pairs Balaclava (wool) x 1 Beanie (wool) x 1 Emergency blankets x 2 Candles x 6 Matches (waterproof) x 2 boxes Exit Inner Base Camp Gear Cache - the 'gourmet' version: Sleeping bag x 1 Sleeping mat x 1 Lollies Freeze dried food
Exit Camp One Gear Cache (pinched from Rolan's email): Trangia stove (including pots) Methylated spirits 1 L Cigarette lighters x 2 Space blankets (small) x 5 Candles (long life) x 12 Space blanket/ground sheet 1.5 x 2.1 m Foam sleeping mats x 2 Sleeping bag (lightweight, synthetic) Thermals x 6 sets Beanies x 6 First aid kit (basic) CHRISTMAS GATHERING Thanks to the Buntons for putting us up at their home for the Christmas BBQ (and not taking us all out with food poisoning or the like). For the 35 seconds I was there everyone appeared to be enjoying themselves.
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Trip ReportsMC-1 Kubla KhanRic Tunney 3 December 2011 Party: Grant Elliot (Hills Speleos), Trent Ford, Janine McKinnon, Petr Smejkal, Ric Tunney We entered the top entrance at 8.30 am. The trip through was standard and uneventful. Grant had brought his camera and four flashes, so we stopped at the usual places - Opium Den, Watergate, Forbidden City, Silk Shop and Khan Chamber. Grant's cave and canyon photography experience minimised delay. He soon had his minions rushing hither and thither, flashing wildly. The photography was helped by relatively clear air, despite there being a lot of water around. Water was still pulsing down the column in the Silk Shop. There had been 68 mm of rain in the previous week! The River Alph was a little high. About half the Pleasure Dome pools were filled, although the big lake near the top was almost empty. All but Trent donned wet suits for the wet bit. Trent was experimenting with new lycra/neoprene clothing under his trog suit. He had worn these through the cave and reported feeling quite comfortable. He had no more complaints than the rest of us in the water, too. [Trent doesnt complain hes too hard Ed.] On a previous trip we had been trapped by a jammed padlock on the bottom gate. We had exited by breaking a shawl in a small passage nearby, which allowed us to slip past the ironwork. The padlock had been subsequently replaced on a trip with Parks staff, discussions had been held about a mechanism to allow the gate to be opened from the inside even if the padlock failed, and repairing the bypass had been discussed. While the party started up the bottom pitch, I blocked the bypass with more ironwork. This repair won't withstand an angle grinder, but neither will the gate! We were all out and walking back to the cars at 6.30 pm. It was a pleasure to visit this time with a party that can take time to get good photographs and spend a while actually looking at the cave, but can move efficiently so the whole trip doesn't become tedious. not around the corner where Amy is reported to have squeezed. This is the same terminus of the old survey and is short of the true end by only a few, very nasty, metres, according to Ken who was with Amy on the relevant trip. If the cave can be pushed beyond there then it will be worth the horrible job of surveying the extra bit.
IB-1 Revelation CaveJanine McKinnon 27 December 2011 Party: Serena Benjamin (briefly), Ken Hosking, Janine McKinnon, Petr Smejkal, Ric Tunney and the Robertson family (to the entrance). Ric and I had had two attempts to tie the new vertical entrance into the old survey, in 2006. We still couldnt get it to make sense so we decided the easiest thing to do was to resurvey the cave. The survey party was five strong and it was decided to take two cars down from Hobart for the comfort of the passengers. Amy had expressed an interest in joining us for the walk in, given good weather, and so we all rendezvoused at the car park at Ida Bay (after the Hobart contingent had met up at Banjos in Huonville). The whole Robertson family came for the walk, including brand new bub, Ray. We had a pleasant chatting walk to the entrance, with the chat slowing a bit on the steep slog up the hill. The Robertsons headed away as we started to enter at 11 am. Serena went first as she was planning on being the survey point scout. I came last. Whilst they sorted out survey stations, I rigged the approach line and put in the hangers and rope for the drop. We started surveying again (I was on instruments, so they had to wait for me) when Serena unexpectedly declared herself unwell and aborted her caving day. We quickly re-sorted jobs and continued on, whilst Serena exited, to wait for us at the cars. We remaining four surveyed down to the junction with the old entrance, and then packed up survey kit and headed to the end of the cave. We started surveying out from there. The survey in the stream goes to the corner in the crawl but
J. McKinnon A couple of rangas in their natural habitat.
The dry branch to the dig was surveyed from the end. We surveyed the side passages on the way out to the bottom pitch, and stopped the surveying at the top of the bottom pitch. Forward and back bearings were taken on all legs. Disto was used for lengths. The bottom pitch was derigged and the other two left rigged for a return to complete the job soon. We were all out by 5 pm.
Speleo Spiel Issue 388, JanuaryFebruary 2012 page 5 East Side of Cave Hill - Not JF-67 but JF68, 217, 218, 441, 442, 443 and more!Stephen